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LINGUISTIC FILE

 

FAMILIAR LANGUAGE 

ipsa 2, 9
quantum est hominum ( neutral pronoun followed by a partitive genitive ) 3, 2
oculis suis 3, 5
mellitus 3, 6
ipsam (is used in the language of the slaves of Plautine comedies) 3, 7
unius assis (similar to flocci facere, pili facere) 5, 3
satis superque 7, 2
nec...sectare, nec...vive (the use of present imperative that is preceded by denial to express a negative order  8, 10
nulla (this word has the same value of non) 8, 14
vivat valeatque (usual form of greeting) 11, 17
omnia si faciat 75, 4

 

EROTIC LANGUAGE 

puella (to indicate the darling woman) 2, 1
iocosa (from ioci that is the name of the games of  lovers) 8, 16
rogabit 8, 13
rogaberis 8, 14
bella ( this word indicates grace and charm ) 8, 16
labella 8, 18
misero (in the sense of lover who suffers for love) 72, 2
foedere (in the sense of pact of love, this word will become a technicterm of elegiac poets) 86, 3
amare...bene velle 72, 8 ; 75, 3-4
diligo (affection, deep tenderness ) 72, 3

 

PROVERBIAL LANGUAGE   quod vides perisse perditum ducas 8,2

 

CATULLIAN LANGUAGE  basia (word of celtic origin, it was introduced in poetry by Catullus) 5,7
basiationes 7, 1
DIMINUTIVE:
solaciolum 2 ,7
ocelli 3,18
HOMERIC EXPRESSIONS  primum digitum 2, 3
nox ( opposite di lux ) 5, 6
harenae (compare the sand to all that is uncountable) 7, 3
longe resonante (compare the sand to all that is uncountable) 11, 3

 

OBSCENE LANGUAGE  glubit 58, 5
ilia rumpens (realistic expression cfr. glubere) 11, 20

 

ETYMOLOGIC VALUE  acris 2,4
comites 11,1
monimenta 11,10
TECHNIC LANGUAGE  conturbare (action of who, after he has gone bankrupt, tries to confuse registers and bills, so that he succeeds in making computation of shortages - GIOMINI - ) 5,11
GREEK ut (in place ofi ubi ) 11,3
ARCHAISMS quicum (in place of quocum, is used even by Cicerone) 2,2
oraclum (in place of oraculum ) 7,5
qui (in place of quomodo ) 72,7
potis est (in place of potest fieri ) 72,7

 

Michela Dal Bosco, Sara Roccabianca e Alice Zamberlan